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Promoting Awareness

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On March 15th, teachers from our special education department were invited to sit on the Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation (DSAF) Discussion Panel. The topic of discussion was how we support our students with Down Syndrome both academically and socially within our schools. Audience members included educators, parents, and administrators from across Long Island. Ms. Ashley Sirabella, Mr. Andrew Biscardi, and Ms. Olivia Czavar proudly shared how each educational plan is unique and how we make sure that every child gets what they need in Malverne. Special education director, Mrs. Meredyth Martini and Davison Avenue Principal, Ms. Rachel Gross were also in attendance. On March 21st, the district will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day by wearing crazy socks to promote awareness and inclusivity. Check out the video link:

Track Star

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Congratulations to Hope Matthews on receiving her All-Conference Track and Field Award in the 55-meters at the Nassau County Coaches Association Dinner.

Dynamic Rockers

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Students at Davison Avenue were treated to an interactive anti-bullying assembly featuring the Dynamic Rockers. Through hip-hop and break dancing, the Rockers sent a message of inclusivity, kindness and standing up for what is right. Students submitted questions and engaged in a discussion about bullying after the mesmerizing performances.

eSchool Artist

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Congratulations to Victoria Matheos, a student at Malverne High School who was the first-place winner in the fourth annual eSchoolData Login Page Art Contest. Her piece was chosen out of more than six dozen entries across the Nassau County region. Contestants were required to submit works of art that focused on a specific theme relative to current educational topics. This year’s theme was Art in STEM, and challenged students to illustrate how Art is integral to the STEM subjects: how the principles and aesthetics of Art are incorporated into and reflected in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Victoria’s work will appear as the background image on the eSchoolData login page (, and the eSD Parent Portal and Student Portal login pages, with the release of version 5.8 in Spring 2018, until version 5.9 is released. Congratulations also to Maura Savas-Minor, Victoria’s art teacher at Malverne High School.

March Newsletter – Now Available


Donations to Save 300 Lives

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Malverne High School’s Community Service Club hosted a blood drive which garnered 42 pints of blood, helping to save more than 120 lives. In November, 47 pints were collected in a drive, for a total of 89 pints this year helping to save close to 300 lives. Most donated blood stays local, but in extreme emergency situations blood can be flown anywhere in the U.S. or the world. Thank you to the Malverne students and community for their donations.

Sow to Grow

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Davison Avenue has partnered with Crossroads Farm to engage fourth-graders in the farm’s Sow to Grow program. Students learn all aspects of the plant life cycle, as well as the tenets of organic farming, from soil blocking all the way through harvesting of crops. Students recently worked with members from Crossroads Farm to block soil and plant seeds. For the next month, they will care for their seedlings and in April, they will visit the farm to plant their seeds. They will return to the farm one more time in June to harvest their vegetables and prepare a feast with their organic produce.

Kadien Lewis is a first-grade student at Maurice W. Downing Primary School.

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In addition to being a great student, he is a Tae Kwan Do yellow-belt.

1,000 Points

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Congratulations to Alexis Lake, who scored her 1,000th point and grabbed her 1,000th rebound in a game on February 6th against Oyster Bay High School. Alexis Lake finished her career with 1,027 points.

Basketball Champs

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Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Basketball Team who won the small school championship last night at Farmingdale State College against East Rockaway High School.

County Champs

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Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball Team on winning the 2018 Nassau County Championship.

Come support the Mules Tuesday, March 6 at Suffolk Community College Brentwood at 7:30pm as they play Center Moriches High School for the Long Island Championship.

Snow Make-Up Schedule

Due to use of snow days, March 23 is now a regular day of school.

Schools will remain closed on March 29, which was previously announced as a regular day of school for snow make-up.

As an alternative to using this day, we will follow the schedule below.

May 3
School is in session full day. (Early Dismissal Cancelled)
Parent/Teacher Conference Times: 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

April 26
School is in session full day. (Early Dismissal Cancelled)
Parent/Teacher Conference Times: 3:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

March 8
School is in session full day. (Early Dismissal Cancelled)
Parent/Teacher Conference Times: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

March 15
School is in session full day. (Early Dismissal Cancelled)
Parent/Teacher Conference Times: 3:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

MHS an Odds-Beating High School

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Malverne High School is one of only eight schools in New York State, and the only one on Long Island, being featured for its exemplary records of success in a University at Albany NYKids study of odds-beating high schools. The study is a qualitative report that focuses on the methods the district utilizes to achieve success for all students.

“We strive for an atmosphere of excellence and equity,” said Principal Dr. Vincent Romano. “Everyone here embraces that – the teachers, students, support staff, counselors, librarians you name it – and that’s what makes the difference for us. Everyone plays a role and everyone gives 110 percent.”

The mission of NYKids is to inform educators about school performance in comparison to other schools in the state, to inspire educators through case studies and reports of promising practices in odds-beating schools, and to improve schools through professional development.

“Everyone here in Malverne has really embraced the culture of success,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund. “The fact that we are a smaller district only enables us to devote more personal attention to making sure that every student has the resources they need to achieve their maximum level of success.”

A comprehensive report on the eight model schools will be featured on the University at Albany NYKids website,, in the coming weeks.

Sweet Treats

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Davison Avenue PTA hosted a Bake Shop. Classes visited the decorated STEM lab to frost and decorate their very own cupcake. What a “sweet” treat! 

District Adopts New Mission Statement


100th Day

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In honor of the 100th day of school, kindergartners at MWD wore shirts decorated with 100 different items. Each one was unique and exciting to capture the spirit of the 100th day of school.

Inaugural AP Class

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The district’s first group of CollegeBoard AP Capstone Seminar students took a portion of their AP exam this week as they submitted their Individual Research Reports and delivered their Team Multimedia Presentation and Oral Defense. The research examined and sought to solve issues of Child Labor Policies in China, Opioid Addiction and Treatment, Deradicalization and Counter-Terrorism, The Implications of the Death Penalty, and Gun Control. Next, the students will begin work on their individual research and prepare their presentation and defense. Congratulations to Halle, Jose, Amanda C., Brianna, Savannah, Hannah, Josh, Jasia, Aly, Olivia M., Jason, Amanda N., Stuart, Conner, Christian, Kyle and Olivia T., as well as teachers Ms. Caputo and Mr. China.

Spelling Success

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Congratulations and best of luck to Howard T. Herber Middle School’s seventh-grader Makayla Caesar. After winning the school bee and qualifying for regionals, Makayla will be participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee regional final round on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Hofstra University. The district wishes her the best of luck in the competition.

Opening the Olympics

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In honor of the Winter Olympics, each class at Davison Avenue is representing a country and participating in schoolwide activities. To kick-off the celebration, each class marched in an opening ceremony led by administrators, members of the school’s Special Forces, and Olympic Gold Medalist and Malverne alum Derrick Adkins. Each class took an athlete’s oath and then participated in Global Play Day, rotating from class-to-class with their “passports” to play games from around the world. 

MapToons at MWD

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Second-grade students in Bridget Jelovcic’s class at MWD have just finished learning about map skills. As a culminating activity, students used MapToons to locate local stores, landmarks, and the school, on the map.

First Place Cheers

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Congratulations to our Varsity Cheerleading Team on placing first at the Division High School Cheerleading Competition this weekend.

Egg-stra Math Fun

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As part of the Math/Science Club, first-graders at MWD shook-up egg cartons for a fun game that allowed them to practice adding and subtracting.

Honoring MLK

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Please see below for a slideshow of photos from the district’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Friday, Jan. 12. This year, Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund and community leader Sheila Lake were honored with the MLK Humanitarian Award.

Monday, March 19, 2018